UX Bookclub: Microinteractions

The format of UX Bookclub is simple: we nominate a UX book, everyone reads it (or as much as they can!) and we get together to talk about it with a bunch of smart, like-minded people. The commitment is slightly higher than a typical meet up - you need to buy and read a book - but you'll get lot more out of it. The book this time around is Dan Saffer's Microinteractions. "The devil is in the details but the angels are too". This book is all about the details that make a good product into a great one. It's interesting, practical and easy to read.

Microinteractions is available as an ebook as well as in the traditional formats. You can hear Dan's UX Australia keynote address on microinteractions and see the sketchnotes at http://uxaustralia.com.au/uxaustralia-2013/microinteractions-presentation. UX Bookclub works really well because the deadline helps you to finish the damn book and the insights you get from talking about it with a group of like-minded people are often as valuable as reading the book itself. UX Bookclub was founded in late 2008 by Steve Baty and now has thousands of people meeting in over 80 locations.

As usual ThoughWorks will put on the pizza and beer and its best to arrive before 6pm to avoid the need to call for someone to come down and get you (but no problem of course that's not possible!).

If you're sitting on the fence I really urge you to give this a crack - much of what I know about UX I learned from books I read for UX Bookclub London. Happy reading and look forward to seeing you there.

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  • Andrew W.

    An interesting article I just came across on Charles Eames who featured in the book and of course created the Powers of Ten video.

    http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2011/10/03/charles-eames-on-design-1972/

    1 · June 20

  • Matthew H.

    Thank you all so much for an enjoyable and welcoming evening. I am so grateful to have met you all and be a sponge for your UX knowledge.

    Not sure about you guys/girls though did you see an abundance of micro-interactions today :)

    June 4

  • Adriana del M.

    Fantastic meeting. It was my first meet-up, but definitively will not be the last one. Great people, awesome talent, good ideas.

    June 4

  • Carlos F.

    Great bookclub meetup. It was fun to talk about the concept and as always, get together with a group of talented people to complete a fun exercise.

    June 4

  • Neil E.

    Great meet up! Got me thinking a lot about how I do work and can justify those "small details" to create unique experiences.

    June 3

  • Roslyn C.

    Sorry, something came up at work.... next time

    June 3

  • Andrew W.

    Hi everyone! Just a reminder that our bookclub is coming up in 2 weeks. No, you don't have to read the book - feel free to cheat and listen to the author's keynote address at UX Australia instead if you need to (http://uxaustralia.com.au/uxaustralia-2013/microinteractions-presentation).

    Also - don't forget to upload your favourite microinteractions to our Flickr group to talk about on the night (https://www.flickr.com/groups/2666295@N23/).

    See you there!

    May 20

  • Andrew W.

    PS - you'll need to click on the images to get the full title and description...

    April 30, 2014

  • Andrew W.

    Hi all

    I'd like to compile a few examples of beautiful microinteractions as a group that we can refer to at the next meetup. You'll start seeing them everywhere so take a photo/screenshot and post it to a flickr group along with a description of what you like about it. I've got the ball rolling with a couple but I'd love to see everyone contribute at least one if you can.

    The flickr group is at https://www.flickr.com/groups/2666295@N23/

    Thanks and happy reading!

    Andrew

    April 30, 2014

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